From the Editor: Never Forget
If You’re Really From Stamford, You’d Know … is the Facebook group that recently caught the attention of a multitude of procrastinators, including me. Many with a longtime Stamford connection have added a memory or two to the never-ending list of anecdotes, comments and remember-whens. I’ve enjoyed scrolling through your good times and favorite places. Definitely a time-drain, but it’s clear that whoever created this group tapped into a communal pride that needed a place to share the outpouring.
Our annual Ten Teens to Watch feature draws out this same pride from our readers. Once again, we have collected an extraordinary group that strives for excellence and reflects the best efforts of their parents and schools. It’s a pleasure to get to know them, and humbling to learn about their accomplishments and goals. The bright futures that await them seem a given.
Upon reflection, it is astonishing to think that these kids were barely entering elementary school when terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001. In another feature (page 64), we learn that Stamford’s Jules Naudet was near the World Trade Center that morning with his brother, Gédéon, beginning that day’s shoot for a documentary the two were filming about a rookie firefighter at Engine 7, Ladder 1. While the firefighters were answering a routine call about a gas leak, Jules heard a roar overhead. He instinctively turned his camera toward the sky, and followed the plane’s path into the north tower, the only known footage of the moment everything changed.
Jules and Gédéon trailed the firefighters all day, inside the WTC and around the site, filming their immediate confusion, subsequent shock and ultimate horror as the towers collapsed around them. The resulting film, titled simply 9/11 (to be broadcast this Sept. 11 on CBS), continues weeks into the rescue and clean-up at Ground Zero, a period when the firefighters—and filmmakers—try to process what they witnessed and survived and begin asking themselves why, while vowing to never forget.
Over the last decade, the Naudet brothers have worked on other projects that reflexively continue to ask why. The answers are difficult to find, says Jules, but we can come closer with greater understanding of our differences.
In this issue, as we celebrate the promise of what lies ahead for our terrific teens, and look back on what we lost ten years ago, let us also remember the victims’ families, and hope for a safer and more peaceful future.